PUBG Mobile, 117 more apps banned in India: See the full list here

    This new list of 118 apps that have been banned by the Indian goverment include the likes of PUBG Mobile, PUBG Mobile Lite, Ludo World and Baidu amongst others. 
    By HT TECH
    | Updated on Sep 02 2020, 07:06 PM IST
    The MeitY press statement says that in the view of the emergent nature of threats these 118 apps have been blocked.
    The MeitY press statement says that in the view of the emergent nature of threats these 118 apps have been blocked. (Pixabay)
    The MeitY press statement says that in the view of the emergent nature of threats these 118 apps have been blocked.
    The MeitY press statement says that in the view of the emergent nature of threats these 118 apps have been blocked. (Pixabay)

    The Indian government has banned 118 more mobile apps today that are “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India and security of state and public order”. 

    The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) issued a press statement today where it invoked its power under section 69A of the IT Act read with the relevant provisions of the IT (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 to block these apps. 

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    The press statement says that in the view of the emergent nature of threats these 118 apps have been blocked. According to the statement, MeitY has received “many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside India”. 

    “The compilation of these data, its mining and profiling by elements hostile to national security and defence of India, which ultimately impinges upon the sovereignty and integrity of India, is a matter of very deep and immediate concern which requires emergency measures,” the statement adds. 

    Here's the full list of the apps banned: 

     

    APUS Launcher Pro- Theme, Live Wallpapers, Smart

    CamCard - Business Card Reader

    Tencent Weiyun

    Chess Rush

    Message Lock (SMS Lock)-Gallery Vault Developer Team

    Cleaner - Phone Booster

    Web Browser - Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer

    Carrom Friends : Carrom Board & Pool Game-

    Kitty Live - Live Streaming & Video Live Chat

    Murderous Pursuits 

    APUS Launcher- Theme, Call Show, Wallpaper, HideApps

    CamCard Business

    Pitu

    PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik

    Hide App-Hide Application Icon

    Web Browser & Fast Explorer

    Web Browser - Secure Explorer

    Ludo All Star- Play Online Ludo Game & Board Games

    Malay Social Dating App to Date & Meet Singles

    Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology) 

    APUS Security -Antivirus, Phone security, Cleaner

    CamCard for Salesforce

    WeChat Work

    PUBG MOBILE LITE

    AppLock

    Video Player All Format for Android

    Music player - Audio Player

    Bike Racing : Moto Traffic Rider Bike Racing Games

    Alipay

    Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese 

    APUS Turbo Cleaner 2020- Junk Cleaner, Anti-Virus

    CamOCR

    Cyber Hunter

    Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade

    AppLock Lite

    Photo Gallery HD & Editor

    Video Player - All Format HD Video Player

    Rangers Of Oblivion : Online Action MMO RPG Game

    AlipayHK

    HUYA LIVE – Game Live Stream 

    APUS Flashlight-Free & Bright

    InNote

    Cyber Hunter Lite

    Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon

    Dual Space - Multiple Accounts & App Cloner

    Photo Gallery & Album

    Lamour Love All Over The World

    Z Camera - Photo Editor, Beauty Selfie, Collage

    Mobile Taobao

    Little Q Album 

    Cut Cut – Cut Out & Photo Background Editor

    VooV Meeting - Tencent Video Conferencing

    Knives Out- No rules, just fight!

    Dank Tanks

    ZAKZAK Pro - Live chat & video chat online

    Music Player - Bass Booster - Free Download

    Amour- video chat & call all over the world.

    GO SMS Pro - Messenger, Free Themes, Emoji

    Youku

    Fighting Landlords - Free and happy Fighting Landlords

    Baidu

    Super Clean - Master of Cleaner, Phone Booster

    Super Mecha Champions

    Warpath

    ZAKZAK LIVE: live-streaming & video chat app

    HD Camera - Beauty Cam with Filters & Panorama

    MV Master - Make Your Status Video & Community

    U-Dictionary: Oxford Dictionary Free Now Translate

    Road of Kings- Endless Glory

    Hi Meitu

    Baidu Express Edition

    WeChat reading

    LifeAfter

    Game of Sultans

    Music - Mp3 Player

    HD Camera Pro & Selfie Camera

    MV Master - Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor

    Ulike - Define your selfie in trendy style

    Sina News

    Mobile Legends: Pocket

    FaceU - Inspire your Beauty

    Government WeChat

    Dawn of Isles

    Gallery Vault - Hide Pictures And Videos

    Music Player - Audio Player & 10 Bands Equalizer

    Music Player - MP3 Player & 10 Bands Equalizer

    APUS Message Center-Intelligent management 

    Tantan - Date For Real

    Netease News 

    VPN for TikTok

    ShareSave by Xiaomi: Latest gadgets, amazing deals

    Small Q brush

    Ludo World-Ludo Superstar

    Smart AppLock (App Protect) 

    HD Camera Selfie Beauty Camera

    Gallery HD

    LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers

    MICO Chat: New Friends Banaen aur Live Chat karen

    Penguin FM

    Penguin E-sports Live assistant

    Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices

    Beauty Camera Plus - Sweet Camera & Face Selfie

    Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC

    AFK Arena

    Crusaders of Light NetEase Games

    Onmyoji NetEase Games

    Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded

    Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games

    Rules of Survival

     

    iPick

    Parallel Space Lite - Dual App

    MARVEL Super War NetEase Games

    Creative Destruction NetEase Games

    Mafia City Yotta Games 

    Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games

    Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games

    Soul Hunters

      

    The MeitY press statement adds that the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Ministry of Home Affairs has also sent an exhaustive recommendation for blocking these malicious apps. 

    And there have been similar “bipartisan concerns, flagged by various public representatives, both outside and inside the Parliament of India”  the statement mentions adding that there has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of citizens.

    MeitY said that on the basis of these warnings and complaints, along with receiving credible inputs that the information posted, permissions sought, functionality embedded as well as data harvesting practices in these apps raise serious concerns that they are collecting and sharing data in a surreptitious manner and compromising on personal data and information of users that can have a severe threat to security of the country. 

    Use of these apps have been blocked on both mobile and non-mobile Internet-enabled devices. 

    “This move will safeguard the interests of crores of Indian mobile and internet users. This decision is a targeted move to ensure safety, security and sovereignty of Indian cyberspace,” the press statement said. 

    These new list of apps joins the 59 apps the government banned in June that included the very popular TikTok. Following that, 47 apps which were ‘lite’ versions of the previously banned 59 apps were also banned. 

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    First Published Date: 02 Sep, 06:19 PM IST
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